A TRUST conserving rivers and species for future generations in and around the Wee County has been shortlisted for an award.

Forth Rivers Trust, which last month secured funding for restoration works along the River Devon, has been named as one of the finalists at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards.

The trust has earned a place in the finals of the Climate Impact category of the People’s Choice Award with residents from the Forth catchment area being encouraged to vote for the organisation.

The nomination is for the trust’s Allan Water project which aims to restore and enhance the river, focusing on landowner engagement to deliver habitat improvements with nature-based solutions.

While judges will determine the winners in 10 distinct categories in the awards scheme run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), members of the public can have their say by voting for their favourite overall entry.

Jonathan Louis, co-director of Forth Rivers Trust, said: “I am immensely proud of our team's efforts to revive the Allan Water.

“Being shortlisted for the Climate Impact category at the Scottish Charity Awards is testament to our dedication to protect and restore the Forth’s rivers for the benefit of nature, people and wildlife.

“We ask everyone from around the Forth to show their support by voting for Forth Rivers Trust in the People's Choice Award.

“Together, we can continue to champion the stewardship and protection of our valuable rivers.”

Voting will be open until 5pm on Friday, May 24.

Anna Fowlie, SCVO chief executive, said: “Our 39 finalists demonstrate just how essential the voluntary sector is to Scottish society, with dedicated organisations and individuals going above and beyond to make a positive and often life-changing impact in their communities.

“Everyone at SCVO is looking forward to shining a light on their essential contributions at our awards ceremony in June.

“The public has the chance to celebrate each of our finalists through the People’s Choice vote, so don’t miss your opportunity to get involved and get behind your favourite finalist by voting now.”

Other entrants of potential interest for Wee County readers include social charity Dates-n-Mates which launched a Stirling and Clackmannanshire branch in 2022 to support love and friendship for adults with a learning disability.

There is also Equi-Power Central Scotland RDA which offers therapeutic, educational and competitive activities with horses to people of all ages with disabilities from Clacks, Stirling and Falkirk.

Visit scvo.scot/scottish-charity-awards/vote/2024 to see the finalists and to vote.